Video: Cancer patient testifies against Monsanto in Roundup weed killer trial

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Credit: Civil Eats

It is the first time St. Louis-based Monsanto Company has had to defend one of its products, Roundup, in front a jury. Roundup is a popular weed killer.

The man suing the agrochemical company is Dewayne Johnson of Vallejo. He took the stand [July 23rd] in the trial which…is meant to be the bellwether of thousands of similar cases.

The case is being tried in a San Francisco Superior Court. The 46-year-old plaintiff is a former groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District.

Johnson’s wife, Araceli took the stand before him saying that once he was diagnosed with cancer, he could not sleep, was in pain, depressed and at times would [cry].

Related article:  Glyphosate and other pesticides pose little threat to soil health, many studies show

Johnson who has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy, talked about his two sons and wife and how life had dramatically changed after the diagnosis.

Monsanto has said, “The scientific evidence is overwhelming that glyphosate-based products do not cause cancer and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer. ”

Read full, original article: Man dying of cancer takes the stand against Monsanto

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